Burlesque Queen Tempest Storm: Still Strippin’ at 80

Burlesque Queen Tempest Storm: Still Strippin’ at 80

More than 50 years ago Tempest Storm was dubbed the “Girl with the Fabulous Front” and she was told by many famous men that she had the “Best Two Props in Hollywood.” Now, at 80 years-old Storm is still doing burlesque in Las Vegas. And when Tempest is performing on-stage, she carries herself as the headliner, a classy star.

I don’t just get up there and rip my clothes off,” she says. For certain, the 80-year-old burlesque queen takes her clothes off very, very slowly. Since her earlier days in burlesque, Storm has watched the art that made her famous almost disappear. Her famous contemporaries, Blaze Starr, Bettie Page, and Lili St. Cyr, have either died or hung up their rhinestone g-strings and sequined pasties.

But not Tempest Storm, who has continued to perform in Las Vegas, Reno, Palm Springs, Miami and Carnegie Hall. Her act remains symbolic of the old, golden days of strippers in burlesque. Tempest knows nothing about that pole-dancing stuff and would never even think about putting her derriere in a man’s face. Her stage prop of choice is a boa, perhaps the occasional velvet divan.

At the age of 80, Tempest is rarely sadly nostalgic about the past. There’s no doubt in her own mind that she still is what she once was, and Storm rebukes people who think that age takes its toll on sex appeal.

Tempest Storm: Still Strippin’ at 80

Tempest Storm: Performing Burlesque in the 1950’s

You can read more about burlesque star Tempest Storm in The Chicago Tribune here.

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Girlie Show: The Solitude of the Self

Girlie Show: Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

Like most eminent artists, Edward Hopper’s paintings portray not only an image of the world, he also communicates a frame of mind.  In Hopper’s case, that state of mind is the sense that each of us is ultimately and unconditionally alone in an indifferent universe.  Nevertheless, middle-class decorum is always preserved by the people in his paintings; there are no Edvard Munch-like screams of spiritual angst in Hopper’s paintings and prints.

People are never smiling in Hopper’s paintings; in fact, they show no emotion at all. In Edward Hopper’s world, everyone is lost in an unending rut of work overtime, rattling El trains, cheap fluorescent diners, and bad dates.  Everything has fallen tensely quiet, and this anxious, disquieting mood haunts even the urban landscapes, in which the only person around is you, the viewer.   Here every man is an island. Hopper has become perhaps the most famous and beloved American artist of the past century by picturing the disquieting film noir isolation lurking within the glass-and-steel heart of our modern metropolises, the frustrating paradoxical feeling so completely alone when we’re so together.

Lonely men in shirt sleeves sit on the curb outside vacant stores and peer down at cracks in the pavement.  Or they prop themselves upright in lawn chairs, beside deserted highways and stare vacantly into the empty distance.   Are they coming close to the limit of what they can tolerate?  Or are they still looking for something out of life, something that has already passed them by, unseen?   It’s impossible to tell, for Hopper paintings tantalize, raise questions and leave us speculating about the meaning of their mute dramas.

Women are also nearly always isolated, cut off from human contact; they often appear to be just waiting.  Dressed up in what seems her best outfit, a 1920s twenty-something sips coffee alone at night in a brightly lit diner.  She has taken the table closest to the door, kept on her hat and coat, and only removed the glove from the hand that lifts her cup.  There is no one else around. Has she been stood up by her date, or is she, in the old phrase, all dressed up with no place to go?

The figures in Hopper’s paintings simply cannot connect, make connections or emotionally relate to each other.  Hopper painted the feeling that is familiar to most of us, the state of melancholy sadness embedded in existence, in our intimate knowledge of the solitude of the self.  In one picture, a young husband is hunched over his newspaper, while his wife who looks elegantly dressed for a night out on the town, distractedly looks away, fingering the keys of an upright piano.

In Hopper, even the strutting burlesque club stripper of Girlie Show (1941), garishly festooned with pasties, G-string, and heavily rouged cheeks, looks vacantly into the air rather than at the faces of her unseen clientele.

Michael Dirda has written a more extensive piece about Hopper’s work in The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription).

Interested readers can look through The Edward Hooper Scrapbook, compiled by the Smithsonian American Art museum.

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Articles from Friday, October 05, 2007

Some political commentators are noticing Obama’s capacity to deeply engage in contemplative observation and introspection. This kind of thoughtfulness anchors political action in core decency and hope through reflection about the details of the underlying issues. This is what is needed to shatter The Trance, the current air of political inevitability.

Photographs of Barack Obama by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz are included.

[tags: Barack Obama, The Trance, politics, news, photographs, Annie Leibovitz]

“Photo of the Day: Heavenly Stoner Toes.” What we have here is a photograph of some stoners’ absolutely beautiful, heavenly, divine, sexy toes. Someone needs to make a bronze cast of these gorgeous, luscious pinkies!!

Presented for you here in stunning high-resolution. Enjoy!!

[tags: Photo of the Day, Photograph of the Day, Heavenly Stoner Toes, toes, sexy, photograph, art]

When charged in an airport men’s room gay sex sting, Sen. Larry Craig said that he’d resign on Sept. 30. Then Craig said that he’d stay in office pending an appeal. The Minnesota judge rejected Craig’s appeal, but now Craig says that he’ll stay in the Senate anyway!!

This article includes a detailed description of the the events, photos and videos.

[tags: Senator Larry Craig, Craig refuses to resign, politics, sex, gay, photographs, videos]

“Britney Spears Performs “Gimme More” with Godawful Stripper Pole Action.” Or one might say, godawful stripper pole action galore. Or godawful stripper pole action galore, and not really much more. Don’t believe me? Then please take a look for yourself!

The posting includes Britney stripper pole dancing photographs and the music video.

[tags: Britney Spears, music, Gimme More, stripper pole dancing, stripper, sexy, photographs, YouTube video]

See the Rest of My Articles at Blue Dot

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Britney Spears Performs “Gimme More” with Godawful Stripper Pole Action

Britney Spears: Sings Gimme More, while Playing with Her Stripper Pole

Anonymous Pole Dancer

Interactive Britney Pole Dance at London’s Madame Toussads

Britney Spears: Singing Gimme More, Playing with Her Stripper Pole

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My Articles for Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Today marks the start of the infamous 1969-70 Chicago Seven Trial of activists charged with plotting to incite riots at the 1968 Chicago DNC. That DNC attracted Vietnam War protesters and civil rights activists. They were faced and attacked by Mayor Richard Daley’s brutal police force.

Drawings, photographs and a video photo-gallery are included.

[tags: The 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, 1968 DNC, Chicago, Chicago Seven Trial, politics, Mayor Richard Daley, photographs]

In this week’s “Dancing With the Stars,” the most vivid moment on “Boys’ Night” was when the camera showed the faces of the women competitors after model Albert Reed completed a cha-cha-cha. With so many pelvic gyrations, he could easily get a gig as a Chippendale stripper. The women were absolutely agog! The article includes photographs and video.

[tags: Dancing with the Stars, Albert Reed, hunk, sexy, photographs, gay, YouTube]

“Photo of the Day: Sleeping Beauty.” Every beauty needs a bit of shut-eye, a little beauty rest! This is a stunning, beautiful photograph that is presented for you here in high-resolution.

[tags: Photo of the Day, Photograph of the Day, Sleeping Beauty, photograph, photography, sexy, gay]

Wofford College, the smallest school in Division I football, beat Division I-AA’s top-ranked Appalachian State by a score of 42-31. Fans recall last year’s University of South Carolina game, where Wofford lost a close 27-20 game in the final 5-seconds. This article gives a historic look at this unusual, small college. Photographs and videos are included.

[tags: Wofford College, Wofford beat Appalachian State, sports, football, college football, videos, photographs]

See the Rest of My Articles at Blue Dot

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Hunky Albert Reed: Like Watching a Chippendale Stripper

In the first week of competition on “Dancing With the Stars,” the most memorable moment on “Boys’ Night” had to be when the camera panned the faces of the women competitors after model Albert Reed completed a cha-cha-cha (at least that’s what we think it was, who was watching his feet?). With so many pelvic gyrations, he easily could get a lifetime’s worth of work as a Chippendale dancer. Let’s just say that the women were absolutely agog!!

His score of 21 was right in the middle of the overall results, but despite his status as “least known” competitor it’s hard to believe he won’t be voted back tomorrow night. Especially after he promised in his post-dance interview to wear no shirt sometime in the future (tonight’s being slit open to his navel).

Albert Reed is the youngest celebrity to ever participate in the competition, and the self-proclaimed “least famous person [here],” but he doesn’t look like it. The 22 year old free-spirited guy is, however, a huge goofball. Teamed up with Anna Trebunskaya, their dance started with a tongue-in-cheek “model walk” followed by Anna ripping of his jacket to reveal a shirt opened nearly to his navel. A little something for the ladies. He makes great faces, has a good center of gravity and energy. He looked like he was having a lot of fun, even though he needed some more follow through with the body rolls.

One judge’s evaluation of the performance: “You gyrated, rotated and pulsated. It was like watching a stripper – don’t worry what they’re doing, just sit back and enjoy it.”

Hunky Albert Reed Heats Up Boy’s Night on “Dancing with the Stars”

Jennifer Frey reviewed Dancing with the Stars-“Boy’s Night” in The Washington Post, and interested readers can access her entire article here.

Oh No!!  Hunky Albert Reed got booted from “Dancing with the Stars” during Week 2.  Read about it and see the Week 2 Albert Reed videos here.

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